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  •  Neither of these sentences are actually correct: (1+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel
    Humans have survived and thrived over millennia in times of crises of scarcity. The species and the individuals are more than smart enough already.
    The first sentence pre-supposes that crises and scarcity describe a necessary reduction of the world population by 18 to 1 in 50 years. The second sentence is belied by the fact that we have reproduced like deer and rabbits despite a couple centuries of warnings from many sources, farmers to scientists. Man the wise? The universe is laughing at our pretensions.

    I'm not advocating doing nothing. Doing nothing will doom your offspring to extinction. We are a war-making species and only the strongest will survive the inevitable world-wide battles for resources that began decades ago. What I am saying is that as long as you waste time trying to get humans to do what they've never done before, in any culture, or any historical period, you are depriving your offspring of the chance to be among the one-in-eighteen savages still roaming our heated-up planet in 2100.

    But your very first two sentences show that you already know all this, as do we all. The first 'rule' of biology is that no species can live/survive in its own wastes. The first rule of sapience is that knowing what is required and having the will to apply that knowledge have always been two separate things.

    Enough fossil fuel remains on Earth to warm it 6 degrees C by 2100 AD if it is all used. A +6 C planet will only sustain half a billion humans. Human population will rise to 9 billion by 2050. Any questions?

    by davidincleveland on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 07:52:25 AM PST

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